- Paperback: 280 pages
- Publisher: Virgin Publishing; Television tie-in edition edition (21 Nov. 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0426204867
- ISBN-13: 978-0426204862
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 10.8 x 18.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 888,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Doctor Who -The Handbook: The Third Doctor: The Jon Pertwee Years 1970 - 1974 (Dr Who Handbooks) Paperback – 21 Nov 1996
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This is a title in a series that covers each phase in the history of "Doctor Who". It explains every aspect of the reign of each Doctor, considering the third Doctor in a historical perspective, Jon Pertwee the actor, the development of the role of the third "Doctor Who", the stories behind the TV series, the re-creation and expansion of the "Doctor Who" mythology and looking at a typical third Doctor story from script to screen.
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Jon Pertwee has always been my own personal favourite; probably due to the fact that he was the Doctor I grew up watching.
His straight-forward portrayal of the Time Lord, along with the decision to base many stories on late 20th century Earth arguably helped save the show, bringing some much needed credibility to the series, and ushering in a period of genuine, thought-provoking stories.
The book opens with a forward written by Pertwee shortly before he died in 1996. We then have an résumé of his career, told by the man himself via interview clippings from newspapers, magazines and DW fanzines.
A chapter examining Pertwee's portrayal of the character, and the Doctor's many foible's and quirks, follows along with a section on the welcome and much-needed realism of the Earth bound stories.
The book's main section is given over to a detailed scrutiny of Pertwee's twenty-four stories, complete with plot synopsis, separate critical reviews from each author, and plenty of factual information. There are also features on the Doctor Who stage shows and a couple of radio dramas all of which starred Jon Pertwee.
Following a chapter on how the third Doctor compared to his two predecessors, there are articles on costume and production design. The authors then take a major look at how one story was put together; in this case Day Of The Daleks from 1972, which marked the first appearance of Skaro's most infamous inhabitants in five years. The chapter follows script development, casting and pre-production right through to location and studio filming, and post-production.Read more ›
Personally, I wish the book had included more information on the discoveries/recoveries of lost Pertwee episodes, as well as their restoration to color; since, the stories behind these are very fascinating.
Overall, this is a very well researched volume; and, I highly recommend this book as well as the rest in the series.
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